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Personally I would be far more worried about Dengue, as you are traveling during the rainy season. Many more people catch Dengue than Malaria, partially because there is no preventative medicine (and Dengue is no fun, I speak from experience). The Thai government does record a number of cases of Malaria each year, but in terms of percentages and risks, it ...


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For those particular drugs, don't worry about it: acetaminophen, calcium carbonate (Tums) and loperamide (Imodium) are widely available over the counter in Australia itself. The Therapeutic Goods Administration page for visitors, and in particular its link to the entire list of prohibited substances (which doesn't contain any of those three), is useful for ...


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No, they're not really needed. Thailand is close to (if not quite) malaria-free, and the neighboring countries are generally considered low-risk as well. If you take sufficient precautions while trekking (bug spray, long pants and shirts, sleeping in tents with netting, etc), malaria prophylaxis would be overkill. And since personal anecdotes are more ...


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I travel in and out of Australia regularly with prescription medication, as well as over the counter stuff like paracetamol. As long as the prescription stuff is labelled, they never worry (at most they ask if you have enough for your stay in the country). I generally declare it anyway, but the over the counter stuff - there's a checkbox on the arrival ...


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I lived in Chiang Mai for 2.5 years until 2010 or so and never considered malaria a problem. Nor did anyone I knew. But, drug resistant malaria is becoming a problem in Thailand: http://m.bbc.com/news/health-31533559 That said, taking drugs to prevent drug-resistant malaria is pointless, too.


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Asking for medical advice on a forum, is probably not the ideal approach. You really need to talk about where you plan to go and what you plan to do, with your family physician since they know your health history and a tropical disease specialist, as they know what you might encounter. Sadly travel vaccination clinics tend to have a broad understanding ...


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Don't forget to drink quinine - often in 'tonic water'. I understand this to be very beneficial with treatment if you do happen to get malaria. Seems to make sense to have quinine tabs on hand, although WHO recommends quinine as secondary treatment now.


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Quoting the CDC's Infectious Diseases Related To Travel / Thailand page, Areas with malaria: Rural, forested areas that border Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, and Laos. Rural, forested areas in districts of Phang Nga and Phuket. None in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phang Nga, and Phuket. Estimated ...



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